Well, World of Warcraft launched today, so I rushed out and bought…Sid Meier’s Pirates! I know a lot of people who were going to be playing WoW, but I really wasn’t ready to delve into another MMO. I’m currently still playing Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided so I don’t really feel the need for another social game at present.
Not that SWG is really a social game, since players hardly ever seem to group in it.
My first impressions of Pirates! is that it’s a really fun, flashy strategy game. The Firaxis crew did a great job adding some flash and fun to an old style strategy game. Being an old fogey gamer, I kind of like these kinds of games. Why, back in my day we had to wait for the computer to think about it’s durned chess move. And we could eat, get some exercise, and learn piano while it did! Yeh!
And this game is open-ended like The Sims, or a tycoon-style game, which is always fun. Heck, half the fun of playing a computer game is making up some of the story in your head.
The best thing I can say about it after an hour or two of playing is that it really reminds me of reading a Patrick O’brian novel, historical accuracy and all….